(one synonym : Deilephila salomonis Rothschild and Jordan, 1906)
MACROGLOSSINAE , SPHINGIDAE , BOMBYCOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Jan MacDonald, Finch Hatton, Queensland)
The Caterpillars of this species are green with a blue and a yellow stripe along each side, and a strongly back-curving black-tipped yellowish horn.
The caterpillars have been found feeding on various plants in APOCYNACEAE, including
as well as
The adult moth has a complex pattern of light and dark brown on the wings, and a white bar across the first abdominal segment. The moth has a wingspan of about 6 cms.
The species is found over south-east Asia, including :
and in Australia in
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, pls. 16.2, 29.5, pp. 71, 412.
The Hawk Moth Daphnis placida (Lepidoptera: Sphingidae: Macroglossinae),
Issue 71 (December 2013), pp. 1, 4-5,
Butterflies and Other Invertebrates Club.
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 197.
Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
Part 8 (1856), p. 186, No. 8.
(updated 8 April 2011 17 December 2013)